The NSA EUROTOUR CUP helps raise funds to sponsor teams to participate in the GOTHIA CUP.

The rules are patterned  after the Gothia Cup with minor modifications.

  • 1. Rules

The Gothia Cup will be played in accordance with applicable sections of the FIFA rules and the Swedish F.A. rules.

When subject to interpretation of FIFA rules or regulations, the English text applies.

  • 2. Competition rules

2.1  The teams are divided into groups of four or five where all the teams will meet in a round robin series. The order among the teams will be decided according to points. 3 points will be awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

If two or more teams have the same number of points, the order will be decided as follows:

  1. Goal difference
  2. Highest number of goals scored
  3. Results in the match(es) between teams with equal points (head to head)
  4. Penalty shoot-out according to the FIFA rules


2.2 Play off

Depending on the size of the group, top team(s) of each group will be placed in the A bracket to compete for the championship. The remaining teams will play a consolation game.  A draw in the playoff will be decided by penalty kicks according to the FIFA rules.

2.3 Girls 11 and Boys 11

  •  Age categories 2019 – NSA EUROTOUR CUP

B14 – Boys born 1/1-05 and later (11-a-side)
B13 – Boys born 1/1-06 and later (11-a-side)
B12 – Boys born 1/1-07 and later (9-a-side)
B11 – Boys born 1/1-08 and later (9-a-side)

G14 – Girls born 1/1-05 and later (11-a-side)
G13 – Girls born 1/1-06 and later (11-a-side)
G12 – Girls born 1/1-07 and later (9-a-side)
G11 – Girls born 1/1-08 and later (9-a-side)

4. Playing period

    • All 9 v 9 games will be 2 x 25 minutes
    • All 11 v 11 games will be 2 x 30 minutes
  • 5. Number of players and substitution

5.1 Teams may use a maximum of 18 players in a 11-a-side match, 11 players on the field and 7 substitutes, and a maximum of 16 players in a 9-a-side match, 9 players on the field and 7 substitutes. A substituted player may reenter in the match. Substitutions can be done without stopping the game. Notice that the game has to be stopped and the referee has to be informed at the substitution of a goalkeeper. All substitutions should be done within the technical area of the team. If there is no technical area the substitution should be made at the centre line. The player that will be substituted has to leave the field before the new player can enter the field. Incorrect substitutions will be punished with a yellow card.

5.2 It is permitted to use a player from the same club in several teams but not in the same age class. This player has to be on the participant list of all teams he/she will play for.The player must also be present during the age control for each team the player plays for. There is no maximum number of players on the participant list.

  • 6. Proof of age and participant list

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  • 7. Dispensations

7.1 11-a-side

In the 11-a-side categories, two (2) dispensations is by default given for overaged players, who can be at most one year over the age limit. Note that it’s not allowed to have more than two overaged players in the roster, who change places in the squad for each game.

7.2 9-a-side

In 9-a-side (G13, B13), one (1) dispensation is by default given for one overaged player, who can be at most one year over the age limit. Note that it’s not allowed to have more than one overaged player in the roster, who change places in the squad for each game.

7.3 Girls may play in boys classes as long as the regulations for age categories are followed.

  • 8. Match information

8.1 Team list

  • A written team list (This list can be filled out and downloaded/printed from My Team Info) must be handed over to the referee before every match.
  • The number each player has on the team list must be the same as the number of the shirt.
  • All players on the team list are considered as if they have participated in the game.
  • Random controls of team lists and participant lists will be carried out.
  • All team officials (maximum 6) have to be indicated with their names on the team list.

Only these officials are allowed to be in the technical area.  If there are no markings for the technical area it is considered to be an area of 8 meters along the sideline where the substitutes are located.

8.2 Player uniforms

  • All team shirts must be numbered and the numbers must correspond to the numbers on the team list. Numbers must be on the back of the shirts. Two players may not use the same number in any given match.
  • If the referee decides that one team should change shirts due to similarity to the opposing team’s shirts, the team appearing last in the match schedule has to change.

8.3 Before, during and after the game

  • All teams should be ready at the field no later than 15 minutes before kick-off.
  • The team manager must make sure that his players are adequately insured.
  • All players MUST wear shinguards.
  • The teams are responsible for their supporters’ conduct. Bad supporters’ behavior or conduct can result in team’s exclusion from the tournament.
  • The responsible team official (coach) must immediately after the match sign the referee’s match card in order to confirm the match result, red cards and other events during the game. Failure to sign may result in a notification to the Gothia Cup competition jury.

8.4 Balls

Classes B11, B12, B13, G11, G12, G13  play with balls of size 4. All other matches are played using balls of size 5.

  • 9. 7-a-side

Classes B11, B12, G11 and G12 play 7-a-side (one goalkeeper and 6 players). The offside rule is not applicable. It is allowed to pass the ball to the goalkeeper who is allowed to pick up the ball with the hands. Goal kick can be done from the ground or from the hands of the goalkeeper. He/she can also throw the ball. Sending-off at obvious goal-scoring opportunity is not valid.

  • 10. 9-a-side

Classes G13 and B13 play 9-a-side (one goalkeeper and 8 players). The same rules as in 11-a-side are applicable, note that the offside rule is applicable just as in 11-a-side football. The size of the goals is the same as in 11-a-side football. The size of the field is regulated by the Swedish Football Federation’s rules for ”Large 9-a-side”, i.e 72×55 meter.

  • 12. Tournament Jury, Protest

The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with the play are final. (FIFA rule no. 5) No measures will be taken on protests on decisions made by referees.

PROTEST of game results or Referee decisions are not allowed.

The jury of the tournament consists of assigned members of the Soccer Festival Inc. The jury handles complaints. Their decisions cannot be appealed.

13.1 Cautions and sending-off offences

  • Any player given a red card is automatically suspended from participation in the following match.
  • The tournament jury can decide about suspension for further games in case of a direct red card.
  • Yellow cards are not accumulated.
  • Each team has the responsibility that a suspended player does not participate in a game (or games) where he/she is suspended.
  • Severe offences will be reported to the FA of the nation concerned.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a player that is suspended participates in a game, the team with the suspended player automatically loses the game with 0-3.

  • 14. Walk over, abandoned match

14.1 Any team not appearing at the appointed time and place for a match can be declared loser by 0-3, after a decision by the jury. If a team repeatedly fail to appear at the games, the team may be excluded from the tournament. In special cases, the tournament jury may decide to exclude a team at the first offence, i.e. if a deliberate WO favors the own team or is unfair to another team in the group.

14.2 If a match is interrupted for some reason and can’t be played to the end, the jury will decide if the game has to be replayed or restarted from the minute when it was interrupted, or if the result will be fixed or if one of the teams or both teams lose 0-3.

  • 15. Match fields

15.1 All the playing fields are grass or artificial turf.

  • 16. Match schedule

The organization committee has the right to change the groups , times and fields.

  • 17. Organizer

Soccer Tournament Specialist LLC .

  • 18. Regulations for accommodation

18.1 General

  • The team manager, as indicated on the participant list, is responsible for any damage caused by his/her players.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is absolutely forbidden in the playing field.

18.2 To prevent fire

  • Smoking is prohibited in the schools.
  • It is forbidden to cook, make coffee or make other types of food in the sleeping facilities and corridors.
  • It is forbidden to hang clothes or other combustible materials in the corridors
  • It is forbidden to move desks and chairs etc. out of the sleeping rooms into corridors or other public areas
  • Please note that doors between the corridors and the stairs must be closed at all times.


  • 19. Insurance and responsibility

Make sure that all your players are insured both on and off the playing field. The Gothia Cup does not carry any group insurance protecting participants in case of injury, illness, theft or damage of property. The Gothia Cup is in no way responsible for injury or economic loss which may arise in the case of war, warlike events, civil war, revolution or civil disturbances or because of the actions of the authorities, strikes, lockouts, blockades or similar events. Participants from countries that have no medical insurance agreement with Sweden must have personal medical insurance.